On August 16, the first day of the 2017-2018 school year, community leaders, educators, parents and caring citizens gathered outside Manual Academy at dismissal time for Stand for Manual. As students and staff exited the building, the crowd cheered, high-fived, hugged and distributed cards with words of encouragement.
Manual Academy guidance counselor Myskeshia Mitchell as been recognized as one of this year's 25 Women in Leadership, sponsored by WEEK, the prestigious 25 Women in Leadership Award is designed to recognize women of all ages from the young to the mature, all races and religions, who have demonstrated unswerving dedication to the betterment of themselves, their family, their company, and their community at large. The 16th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon will be held at the Paradice Hotel & Casino on September 8.
49 Peoria Public School middle and high school girls attended a Financial Literacy For Girls workshop at Manual Academy in late April. Co-sponsored by The Links, Inc. Central Illinois Chapter, Girls Light Our Way (GLOW) and the Peoria alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the workshop featured speakers from Busey Bank, HyVee, Unity Point Methodist, PCCEO, Heartland Community Clinic, the Peoria city council and the state of Illinois.
Kadaja Faulkner won a free scholarship to Methodist Nursing School this summer to receive her CNA license through the Explore Methodist Nursing Program. The scholarship is for the summer classes and is worth $1500. To be eligible for the scholarship she had to attend the Explore classes at Methodist Nursing monthly this year and then apply for the scholarship. The winner was based on essay, grade point average, and references.
The Bradley University student chapters of The Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SPHE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) were awarded Community Contribution Awards at the April 3 Board of Education meeting for their outreach efforts for Manual Academy students.
Manual Health Career students attended the 2017 Health Career Expo at Jump Trades Center at OSF. They took part with 7 other schools to enjoy hands-on activities in the careers of: respiratory care, radiation, emergency care, nursing, laboratory technicians, surgical technicians, physical and occupational therapy, medical assistants, etc. The students were treated to this field trip by PEORIA PERFECT who sponsors the ICC led programs. This field trip is best described by the students as “AWESOME”!!!